The biggest names in cinema descended into London this week for the 76th annual Bafta Awards. The event was in full swing this year, and restored its former glory from pre-covid times. A star studded crowd graced London’s Royal Festival Hall to celebrate the very best of British and international films of the past year, and thus saw the many hits and misses on the red carpet,
The Princess of Wales is literally red-carpet royalty at the Bafta’s, as year after year she never fails to impress. This year, the Princess re-wore an Alexander McQueen white chiffon gown, which she previously wore to the 2019 ceremony. In a very dramatic twist, she added a pair of long sleeve black opera gloves made of velvet, and controversially accessorised with a pair of $28 high street earrings. The new look was unexpected, but definitely screams elegance.
The British actress dazzled in a bronze spiked sequin gown, which delivered a shimmering display of exuberance to the ceremony. The turtleneck and open arm detailed gave it a unique edge, and the signature wave on the left arm provided an artistic flare which paired nicely with the ensemble. Perhaps the most appealing aspect is the length of the sequins, that provided a flowing effect which glistened.
The Squid Game alum presented a glamorous old-Hollywood gown, made from a golden metallic material. Completing the look with a chic hair and make up look and stunning diamond necklace, the South Korean actress looked like she had waltzed in from the 1950’s.
The Australian superstar, who took home the Bafta for Best Actress, sported a floor length black gown, paraded with pearl necklaces and short sleeves. With a slick hair and natural make up look, Blanchett, 53, looked ever the part as she did in her award-winning role as maestro Lydia Tár.
The acting veteran was nominated for her work in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and showcased a beautiful lavender shade gown with elaborate sleeves. Although they might have been slightly over the top, the sleeves gave the gown character. Her jewellery was supplied by Boucheron and added to the elegant charm.
The Portuguese model looked as if she had stepped right off the runway in this ever-so-elegant evening gown, which just happened to be a classic black dress. With a sweetheart neckline and off the shoulder sleeves, she looked truly elegant as she walked the red carpet.
In a loud orange ruffle gown, Florence Pugh matched her sculptural dress with a hair style that looked the part. The vibrant colour made Pugh to be the soul of the awards evening, But did oddly resemble a sea anemone found in the coral reef. The ruffles were just a touch too much, but overall, she is commended for her bold statement.
Rosie Huntington Whiteley
While this look definitely had strong parts, the joining of the seam (or in this case the lack of) did not quite meet the mark. The turtleneck and long sleeves did give a modern elegant look, and the slicked hair offered a chic alternative.
Jodie Turner Smith
The purple sequin and feather combination was struggling to relate to the word ‘style.’ It was a little bit too powerful, but did offer us a gorgeous shade of purple. The chiffon neck and shoulders were a nice touch, as too were her freckles made of crystal.
Aimee Lou Wood
While the ruffled sleeves and cape added eccentricity, the black bodice and tights combination did not quite match the rest of the outfit unfortunately.
While this was a very effective look of metallic silver, it does give a resemblance to tin foil. The matching gloves were helpful, but not enough to save the look. The necklace was, however, quite something.
The American actress’s gold velvet mini dress was only the supporting role to the head dress/cape that hung over it. While a valiant look, it looked a bit too overpowering for the occasion. The combination gave the idea it could be a designers impression of a desert alpine, which is not the right look for the Bafta’s.